Philippines: The Manila Waldorf School is the pioneer school of Steiner education in the Philippines. Founded in 1994 the school as a non-profit educational foundation it was intended as a basis to spreading Waldorf education in the country. The school currently offers a full kindergarten to high school program to around 200 students.
It started with a dream to "…educate young children in freedom in order for them to properly develop and mature into responsible, thinking, moral human beings possessing the strength and courage to take concrete steps initially, to develop one's self, and eventually to contribute to the good of the bigger community/society", says co-founder Bella Tan. Thus was born the Manila Waldorf School.
From Manila Waldorf School’s very first kindergarten class held in a backyard, the school grew quickly and now offers a full kindergarten to Grade 12 – the only Waldorf School to do so in Southeast Asia.
Already in 2007, the upper school made the headlines when Class 12 won the national “Teenpreneur Challenge”. The kids from Manila Waldorf School put in a lot of their time, effort and hard work to help the Gawad Kalinga community with their product called "Ibang Klase" lanterns (“something different/unique”). They improved on the existing product that the community were already doing - candle holders made from capiz. The class designed egg-shaped and fish-shaped lanterns that are unique, decorative and functional.
The school operates two campuses. Its main campus is located in Timberland Heights in San Mateo Rizal, just 15 minutes away from the Batasan Pambansa. It also operates a satellite kindergarten facility in E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City.